Big Pimpin wrote:
The question was raised earlier about Meche and whether or not (I thought) he was a bad signing. I do not, I think he was a pretty good signing. However, cherry picking one good move as defense of your GM just isn't enough IMO. I mean if you're going to do that, then Bavasi was a great GM. He may have made a whole bunch of terrible moves, but he did sign Beltre, so there's something to be said for that!
Actually, the more I look at it, Moore and Bavasi have a lot in common so far. A good track record in regards to the draft, because there's certainly talent in the organization. But with maybe one exception (Meche/Beltre) every big league move has been terrible. I guess we'll see if the young kids work out or if Moore ends up trading Mous, Butler, Hosmer, and Melville for Cliff Lee or something stupid like that.
And how does Jose Guillen improve the team? He's a terrible defensive OF who also happened to be a below-average hitter last year. He was barely above replacement level.
It's clear that your knowledge of the Royals is lacking. That's ok because that's generally how 90% of "professional sportswriters" and the such perceive the Royals.
Let's look at some of Moore's biggest moves, in no particular order......
#1 Traded J.P. Howell for Joey Gathright - thought it was a good move at the time. Howell wasn't great as a pitcher here and Gathright has some upside. In hindsight, Howell greatly improved as a RP and Gathright never improved. That's why Gathright is now gone. Verdict - Bad Trade
#2 Traded Mike Macdougal for Tyler Lumsden and Dan Cortes - Here he traded an oft-injured closer for two prospects. Lumsden has flamed out and is now gone but Cortes on the other hand has been a highly touted prospect in the organization and is viewed my many as a steal considered who he was traded for. Verdict - Great Trade
#3 Traded Jeremy Affeldt and Denny Bautista for Ryan Shealy and Scott Dohmann - This trade really sucked for everyone all around even though Affeldt is still pitching and Shealy is still hitting. Both have had ups and downs and Shealy's end of last year was promising. But overall, Verdict - No really winners here.
#4 Traded Ambiorix Burgos for Brian Bannister - Do I really even need to go into this one. Banny has shown some flashes of brilliance while Burgos has beat up women. Verdict - Royals Win!
#5 Traded Jorge De La Rosa for Ramon Ramirez - De La Rosa stunk, Ram Ram was great out of the pen last season. Verdict - Royals Win again!
#6 Traded Octavio Dotel for Kyle Davies - Dotel was good but was going to be a free agent and is old. Davies was a young pitcher with upside. Verdict - Good Trade
Lets not forget the signings of Meche, and Mahay among others. And last but not least...how about the pickup of Soria in the Rule 5 Draft! As the proof shows, he hasn't been perfect but he has helped upgrade the team significantly.
As far as Guillen goes, I'm the last person that will defend that guy as I despise him as a player. I hate the fact that he's lazy and is a clubhouse cancer. That aside though, his season actually wasn't that far off from his normal numbers. And just his average stats are a lot more productive than some of the players the Royals have had in the outfield in years past. (Costa, Teahen, Emil (E-7) Brown.) As far as his defense goes, he is somewhat of a liability because he's a lazy ass! But you do NOT test his arm. He is arguably in the top 10 when it comes to his arm in the game today.
I'm not trying to start an argument. I'm just simply stating facts. Do yourself a favor, go back to what the Royals looked like before Dayton Moore took over. Then you will truly grasp the improvements he has made. Is he perfect? No he's far from it. But the Royals have gone from an absolute joke to a respectable franchise in just his few short years as GM.